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January 2022: Updated 21-22 School Year SBHC Certification Policy

The School-Based Health Center (SBHC) State Program Office (SPO) has continued to work to support SBHCs during COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. We recognize COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for your clinics, schools and communities. At the same time, we know a critical component of the COVID-19 response and recovery involves student health services and SBHCs.

In spring 2021 the SPO surveyed the SBHC field about their operation plans for the 2021-22 school year (SY). The majority of SBHCs anticipated being able to meet SBHC Standards for Certification. Many SBHCs also plan to offer services via telehealth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided guidance around well-care visits, sick visits, telehealth and school health in the context of COVID-19.

The SPO used this guidance, as well as feedback from the SBHC field, to develop the Certification Policy for the 2021-22 SY . The policy covers expectations and requirements related to Certification, Site visits, Operational Profile, Waivers, Encounter data reporting, Key Performance Measures and Satisfaction surveys.

The SPO updated this policy document again in January 2022 in response to continued capacity constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes included postponing most site visits and extending deadlines for data requirement submissions.

August 2021: Youth-Led Project Grants Announced

The State Program Office (SPO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2023 Mental Health Expansion Grant - Youth-Led Projects! This biennium the SPO will award a total of $700,000 to fund Youth-Led Projects in 25 SBHCs across 7 counties to reduce mental health stigma, promote SBHC access, encourage student resiliency at SBHC host schools, and engage youth in leadership roles in their communities.

2021-2023 Youth-Led Project Grantees

All grantees will complete a mental health specific project and a project connected to the SBHC. Projects are youth-led so the specifics of what youth will be working on will continue to unfold throughout the biennium, but project proposals include:

  • Youth-Driven Research Projects
  • Health Curriculum Development
  • Hiring Youth-Liaisons
  • Youth Action / Advisory Councils
  • Hosting Health and Wellness Fairs, Cultural Events, and Youth Summits
  • Media Projects and Educational Campaigns Including Podcasts and Social Media
  • Social Events

March 2021: SPO awards Outreach and Engagement grant funding

The School-Based Health Center (SBHC) State Program Office (SPO) released a limited amount of grant funding in winter 2021 to support projects that promote student access to health and mental health services, increase student and family engagement, and create systems that are responsive to community needs.

SPO awarded nearly $623,000 in grants to support projects at 37 SBHCs in 11 counties. Funding awards were prioritized through a competitive grant process to SBHC projects that focused on serving and engaging Indigenous and Tribal communities, communities of color and populations experiencing inequities in health outcomes.

SBHC Outreach and Engagement grant funding will support a variety of outreach and engagement activities across the state. Examples of funded projects include:

  • Marketing and media campaigns, particularly those utilizing video and social media platforms, and including outreach in languages other than English
  • Staff training on serving LGBTQIA2S+, rural, Latinx, Native American, African American, Black and/or other youth of color
  • Equipment purchases to support telehealth and/or other remote health related services
  • Youth engagement, including support for Youth Advisory Councils
  • Peer based support programs, such as Hope Squad